Technically, the longest high school boys basketball game in history celebrates its anniversary only every four years. When then Angier and Boone Trail high schools settled matters after 13 overtimes, they did so on February 29, 1964.
In honor of the anniversary this Leap Year, the Charlotte Observer
recounted the details of that game today. Here are a few of the fun facts, according to the newspaper account:
* Boone Trail won the Harnett County championship 54-52.
* Amazingly, all 10 starters played the entire game.
* Neither team scored in nine of the 13 overtime sessions.
* The game, which began at 8:30 pm, ran so long that officials were worried they would not be able to complete it because the state governing body did not allow play on Sundays. The game ended just before midnight Saturday.
* Angier had a player who was very superstitious, so coaches told his teammates not to mention that game was in a 13th overtime.
If you have a moment, check out the story to read about the opportunities each team had to win leading up to the final frame.
Of note, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations record book, the longest prep game in history was played between East Ridge (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
and Ooltewah (Tenn.)
in 1969. That girls basketball game went 16 overtimes.